Vote for Skip A Side!

Photo credit: The Cantina at Historic Biltmore Village

Vote for Skip A Side! Hunger is a reality in your neighborhood that can and should be alleviated and this is the idea to do it.


The Skip A Side program was developed by The Coggiola family, owners of The Cantina at Historic Biltmore Village, a triple bottom lined focused restaurant right outside the gates of The Biltmore Estate in Asheville.

Here's how it works:

  • At the Cantina each entree comes with two side dishes that can be “skipped” by the guest.
  • When taking an order, our serving staff simply asks, Do you wish to ‘skip a side’ and be nice with your rice?
  • The Cantina then donates the $2 retail value to Manna Food Bank, Asheville’s local food bank.
  • With each side dish skipped, Manna provides seven meals.

How well does Skip A Side work?

So far, the Cantina alone has provided over 200,000 meals in an eight county area of North Carolina!

That is one meal for EVERY person that requested assistance last year.

With your vote, USA Today’s “A Community Thrives” grant of $100,000 will be used to expand the Skip A Side program to restaurants all over NC and eventually the US.

That’s the delicious beauty of Skip A Side: It’s easy to replicate in any restaurant.


Think of the power Skip A Side has in feeding people everywhere – people close to you!

Together, we can customize and implement this powerful program in your community.

We need your vote to share Skip A Side with restaurants near you and your local food banks.

There are over 1 million restaurants in the US giving over $3 billion annually to charity.

90% give locally and 70% of that giving is hunger related.

No one can thrive when they’re hungry.

Dreams die in the heart of an unfed child.

VOTE and help us share Skip A Side, your community’s life-giving solution to feeding people suffering from hunger.